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Expedited Case Resolution

Expedited Case Resolution
Faced with a backlog of cases, significant court delay, and an overcrowded jail, in 2008 the Spokane County Superior Court instituted a differentiated case management system titled the Expedited Case Resolution program (ECR). Under the ECR, seemingly non-complex Class B and C felonies were identified for expedited processing cases with the aim of adjudicating them in 1/3 of the time seen for traditionally handled cases. Since its inception, the court has not achieved its desired outcomes. As the program has yet to be evaluated, reasons behind the program’s failure are unknown. The current project will entail a comprehensive evaluation of the ECR program as well as related positive and negative impacts it has had on the criminal justice system and community.

Assessment of Drug Court Participation

Snohomish County Adult and Family Drug Treatment Court Evaluation Project
This research includes a process, outcome and cost-benefit study of the Snohomish County Adult Drug Court (ADC) and Snohomish County Family Drug Treatment Court. The outcome evaluation is focused on assessing whether drug court participants remain crime free, complete treatment at greater rates than individuals who participate in the traditional system, and the impact of drug court participation on use of other social and health services (and the implications of these changes). The cost-benefit study compares the overall operational costs of the drug court program, assesses the cost of the traditional court and treatment process, and evaluates which agencies contribute to the drug court and traditional court process and at what cost. Findings are to be provided to Snohomish County officials via a draft evaluation report, a final evaluation report and a presentation of the final report to Snohomish County, including the County Council, Superior Court Judges and the Chemical Dependency/Mental Health Program Advisory Board by December, 2013.

Snohomish County Family Drug Treatment Court Process, Outcome and Cost-Benefit Evaluation Report.

Research-in-Brief_SCFDTC.pdf

Spokane County Behavioral Health Therapeutic Drug Court Evaluation Project
WSU researchers are conducting a comprehensive evaluation of the Spokane County Behavioral Health Therapeutic Drug Court to determine the effectiveness of enhancing the drug court program by training staff in trauma informed principles, addition of a risk/needs assessment tool and offering the evidence-based Thinking for a Change program. The goal of this research and program enhancement is to increase public safety by decreasing criminality and substance abuse in Spokane County among felony offenders with substance abuse and/or mental illness. WSU researchers are conducting both a process and outcome evaluation, and the core focus of the outcome evaluation is determining if drug court participants remain crime free, complete treatment at greater rates than individuals who participate in the traditional system, and the impact of drug court participation on use of other social and health services (and implications of these changes).

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Statutory Analyses

State Statutory Analysis Series Project
Drs. Hemmens and Stohr are putting together a group of research projects and papers for the Institute that will involve many of our graduate students and faculty. The project is called the State Statutory Analysis Series and so far includes the projects listed below. For more information, please do not hesitate to contact either Dr. Craig Hemmens or Dr. Mary Stohr directly.

  • Felon civil rights statutes
    • Participants: Michael Campagna, Cheyenne Foster, Craig Hemmens, Mary Stohr
  • Death certification statutes
    • Participants: Leah Ruiz, Brianne Posey, Melanie Neuilly, Mary Stohr, Craig Hemmens
  • Teacher sexual misconduct statutes
    • Participants: Mia Abboud, Guangzhen Wu, Craig Hemmens, Mary Stohr
  • Videotaping of interrogations statutes
    • Participants: Duane Stanton, Brandon Bang, Craig Hemmens, Mary Stohr
  • Juvenile right to counsel statutes
    • Participants: Ruibin Lu, Jacqueline van Wormer, Craig Hemmens, Mary Stohr
  • Juvenile justice code purpose clauses
    • Participants: Eunsuhk Choi, Nick Pimley, Craig Hemmens, Mary Stohr
  • Probation officer functions (adult)
    • Participants: Ming-Li Hsieh, Moana Hafoka, Craig Hemmens, Mary Stohr
  • Probation officer functions (juvenile)
    • Participants: Ming-Li Hsieh, Youngki Woo, Craig Hemmens, Mary Stohr
  • Victims rights and compensation
    • Participants: Gassan Abess, Francis Boateng, Craig Hemmens, Mary Stohr
  • Statutory rape laws/definitions
    • Participants: Andrea Walker, Amber Morczek, Craig Hemmens, Mary Stohr
  • Security guard requirements and regulations
    • Participants: Jason Dunbar, Leah Ruiz, Craig Hemmens, Mary Stohr
  • Correctional officer sexual misconduct statutes
    • Participants: Xiaohan Mei, John Turner, Craig Hemmens, Mary Stohr

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